By: Shannon Ralph
A new play by Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Milk,” is slated for a one-night-only reading on Broadway on Sept. 19. The play, simply titled “8,” is about the legal battles over California’s Proposition 8. It is being performed as a fundraiser for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The play is based on interviews and trial transcripts and will be directed by Tony Award-winning actor and director Joe Mantello.
After its Broadway debut. “8” is set to be performed at several college campuses around the country, including Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern.
Proposition 8 is the measure approved by California voters in 2008 that defines marriage in the state as strictly a union between a man and a woman. A federal judge struck down the law last year. That ruling is being appealed.